Visualizing Görtler Vortices

S. H. Winoto, Hatsari Mitsudharmadi, D. A. Shah

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The development of Görtler vortices with pre-set wavelength of 15 mm has been visualized in the boundary-layer on a concave surface of 2.0 m radius of curvature at a free-stream velocity of 3.0 m/s. The wavelength of vortices was pre-set by vertical wires of 0.2 mm diameter located 10 mm upstream of the concave surface leading edge. The velocity contours in the cross-sectional planes at several streamwise locations show the growth and breakdown of the vortices. Three different regions can be identified based on different growth rate of the vortices. The occurrence of a secondary instability mode is indicated by the formation of a small horseshoe eddies generated between the two neighboring vortices traveling streamwise, to form mushroom-like structures as a consequence of the non-linear growth of the Görtler vortices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Visualization
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Boundary layer
  • Görtler vortices
  • Horseshoe vortices
  • Mushroom-like structures
  • Pre-set wavelength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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